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Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881), Historian and essayist

Sitter associated with 80 portraits
Historian and essayist; from 1837 a recognised literary leader; eulogized heroes and strong governments, mistrusted technological progress and analysed brilliantly the sufferings of the common people; the 'Sage of Chelsea', whose corrosive criticism and uncertain temper became legendary.

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2894

Thomas Carlyle

by Edward Matthew Ward
pen and ink
NPG 2894

P171(6)

Thomas Carlyle

by Robert Scott Tait
salt print, 1851
NPG P171(6)

P171(7)

Thomas Carlyle

by Robert Scott Tait
salt print, 1851
NPG P171(7)

1241

Thomas Carlyle

by Thomas Woolner
plaster cast of medallion, 1855
NPG 1241

2520

Thomas Carlyle

by Charles Bell Birch
pen and ink, 1859
NPG 2520

P122

Thomas Carlyle

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen print, 1867
NPG P122

P123

Thomas Carlyle

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen print, printed in reverse, 1867
NPG P123

1002

Thomas Carlyle

by George Frederic Watts
oil on canvas, 1868
On display in Room 26 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1002

2794

Thomas Carlyle

by Sir George Scharf
pen and ink, 1874
NPG 2794

658

Thomas Carlyle

by Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm, 1st Bt
terracotta cast of bust, circa 1875
NPG 658

1623

Thomas Carlyle

by Domenico Brucciani, after Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm, 1st Bt
plaster cast of hands, 1875
NPG 1623

968

Thomas Carlyle

by Sir John Everett Millais, 1st Bt
oil on canvas, 1877
On display at Bodelwyddan Castle
NPG 968

3558

Thomas Carlyle

by Harry Furniss
pen and ink, 1880s-1900s
NPG 3558

1361

Thomas Carlyle

by Sir Alfred Gilbert
plaster cast of death-mask, 1881
NPG 1361

x139794

Thomas Carlyle

by Robert Scott Tait
albumen print, 1851
NPG x139794

x34156

Thomas Carlyle

by Robert Scott Tait
carbon print, 31 July 1854
NPG x34156

x5641

Thomas Carlyle

by Robert Scott Tait
salt print on cream card mount, 1855
NPG x5641

x1344

Thomas Carlyle

possibly by Charles Thurston Thompson
albumen print, circa 1859
NPG x1344

Ax17815

Thomas Carlyle

by Elliott & Fry
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG Ax17815

Ax18216

Thomas Carlyle

by Elliott & Fry
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG Ax18216

Ax39829

Thomas Carlyle

by Elliott & Fry
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG Ax39829

Ax11945

Thomas Carlyle

by John & Charles Watkins
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG Ax11945

Ax21887

Thomas Carlyle

by John & Charles Watkins
albumen print, 1860s
NPG Ax21887

x5659

Thomas Carlyle

by Elliott & Fry
albumen cabinet card, 1860s
NPG x5659

x3695

Thomas Carlyle

by Elliott & Fry
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s-1870s
NPG x3695

x5648

Thomas Carlyle

by John & Charles Watkins
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s-1870s
NPG x5648

x5649

Thomas Carlyle

by John & Charles Watkins
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s-1870s
NPG x5649

Ax5086

Thomas Carlyle

by John & Charles Watkins
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1861
NPG Ax5086

x5644

Thomas Carlyle

by William Jeffrey
albumen print, September 1862
NPG x5644

x5645

Thomas Carlyle

by William Jeffrey
albumen print, September 1862
NPG x5645

x5646

Thomas Carlyle

by William Jeffrey
albumen print, September 1862
NPG x5646

x5647

Thomas Carlyle

by William Jeffrey
albumen print, September 1862
NPG x5647

x5643

Thomas Carlyle

by William Jeffrey
albumen carte-de-visite, September 1862
NPG x5643

x82137

Thomas Carlyle

by Elliott & Fry
half-plate negative
NPG x82137

Ax28576

Thomas Carlyle

by Elliott & Fry
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1865
NPG Ax28576

x129584

Thomas Carlyle

by Elliott & Fry
albumen cabinet card, 1865
NPG x129584

x5661

Thomas Carlyle

by Elliott & Fry
albumen print, circa 1865
NPG x5661

Ax7506

Thomas Carlyle

by John & Charles Watkins
albumen carte-de-visite, 1865-1870
NPG Ax7506

x5660

Thomas Carlyle

by Elliott & Fry
albumen print, circa 1865
NPG x5660

x5656

Thomas Carlyle

by Elliott & Fry
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1865
NPG x5656

x197261

Thomas Carlyle

by Fay, after Elliott & Fry
albumen cabinet card, circa 1880s (circa 1865)
NPG x197261

x18037

Thomas Carlyle

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen print on gold-edged cabinet, 1867
NPG x18037

x18069

Thomas Carlyle

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen carte-de-visite on gold-edged mount, 1867
NPG x18069

Ax29133

Thomas Carlyle

by Julia Margaret Cameron, published by T. Fisher Unwin
photogravure, published 1893 (1867)
NPG Ax29133

x45941

Thomas Carlyle; grandson of Ralph Waldo Emerson

by Unknown photographer
bromide copy print, 24 April 1872
NPG x45941

x27576

Thomas Carlyle

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen carte-de-visite, after 1873
NPG x27576

x3697

Thomas Carlyle

by John Patrick
albumen cabinet card, 1874?
NPG x3697

Ax7643

Thomas Carlyle

by (Octavius) Charles Watkins
woodburytype, 1875
NPG Ax7643

x5652

Thomas Carlyle

by (Octavius) Charles Watkins
woodburytype, 1875
NPG x5652

Ax5087

Thomas Carlyle

by (Octavius) Charles Watkins
woodburytype, 1875
NPG Ax5087

Ax5568

Thomas Carlyle

by Charles B. Praetorius
carbon cabinet card, circa 1876
NPG Ax5568

x46497

Thomas Carlyle

by Friedrich Bruckmann
woodburytype, 1876
NPG x46497

Ax132899

Authors and Novelists

published by Hughes & Edmonds
albumen print, published 1876
NPG Ax132899

Ax27810

Thomas Carlyle

by Elliott & Fry, published by Bickers & Son
woodburytype on album page mount, published 1886
NPG Ax27810

D2019

Thomas Carlyle

published by James Fraser, after Daniel Maclise
lithograph, published 1833
NPG D2019

D15737

Thomas Carlyle

by James Charles Armytage, published by Smith, Elder & Co, after Samuel Lawrence
stipple engraving, (circa 1838)
NPG D15737

D2020

Thomas Carlyle

by Richard James Lane, published by John Mitchell, after Alfred, Count D'Orsay
lithograph, published 18 June 1839 (May 1839)
NPG D2020

D32681

Thomas Carlyle

by Carlo Pellegrini
chromolithograph, published 1870
NPG D32681

D43454

Thomas Carlyle ('Men of the Day no. 12.')

by Carlo Pellegrini
chromolithograph, published in Vanity Fair 22 October 1870
NPG D43454

D2021

Thomas Carlyle

by Unknown engraver
aquatint, 1875
NPG D2021

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